The Mediterranean as a Cognitive Map

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What is ‘the Mediterranean’? One answer might be that it is a large, almost closed body of water with clearly defined geographical boundaries, but this definition hardly touches the richness of the term. ‘Mediterranean’ also refers to a long list of traits that together form the Mediterranean landscape, culture, and society, and the examination of what these traits represent in people's minds reveals a wide gap between the Mediterranean and the image of the Mediterranean. This article examines this gap from the perspective of cognitive science, in particular the study of cognitive mapping.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-24
Number of pages9
JournalMediterranean Historical Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2004


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